Updates 10/4: Our announcements recap from NYCC 2019!

October 4 NYCC UPDATE!

Kodansha Comics and Vertical made some exciting announcements about upcoming titles and events for 2019 and 2020! Plus, Hidemi Shiraki, the editor of Kodansha’s Young Magazine, joined the panel to introduce Kodansha Comics’s newest license announcement, The Witch and the Beast (scroll down below!), and the behind-the-scene process of making manga!

Announcements from Vertical!

KATANAGATARI Volume 3 cover reveal! On sale November 26!

MONOGATARI Box Set Season 2 artwork by VOFAN reveal! On sale December 19!

VOFAN coming to ANIME NYC!
Preorder a copy of VOFAN’s new artbook Colorful Dreams on Anime NYC’s website and get an exclusive enamel pin and ticket to the autograph session! More information on preorders coming soon!

Join the MONOGATARI Contest between October 4-November 17!
Submit your fan art and cosplay photo online!

Going to Anime NYC?

Cosplay as one of MONOGATARI characters and swing by the Vertical booth (Booth#1617) on Sunday, November 17 at 12:00 p.m.!
We’ll have VOFAN as an honorary judge—plus we’ll have special prizes for the contest winners onsite!

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Halloween Comic Fest!
Both Kodansha Comics and Vertical will be part of the festivities and this year! Check out the Halloween Comic Fest website to find a participating retailer near you.

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Digital-First Announcements!

My Boss’s Kitten by Yumi Hisawa Aya was deserted right before her marriage and was left without a place to live. One day, she finds herself wandering back into the house she was supposed to own after her wedding. To her surprise, the cold-blooded boss she hates from work had moved in as the new owner! A dangerous love ignites under one roof between the girl who lost love and her sadistic boss! Coming October 15! Read Chapter 1 right here!

1122: For a Happy Marriage by Peko Watanabe Wife: Ichiko Aihara. Husband: Otoya Aihara. Married for seven years, they get along well, but sexless and without children, they agree to see other people. Otoya has an affair with Mitsuki, and Ichiko is aware of it. Looking at Otoya in a state of bliss with Mitsuki, Ichiko begins to change, too … Peko Watanabe tells a story of lies and truth—whether or not you ever want to get married, the real life of this thirtysomething couple might give you some second thoughts about that institution we call marriage! Coming October 22! 

Guilty by Ai Okaue Affection, betrayal, desperation—love between grown-ups is never a rational thing. Sayaka, age 35, has lived with the perfect husband for ten years. Perfect, that is, except for his disinterest in raising a child—she wants one badly, but just can’t come clean to him about it. Instead she unloads her frustrations on her younger friend Rui at their favorite bar. They trust each other enough to talk about almost anything—but Rui has a secret she can’t even let Sayaka know about! Coming October 29! 

Our Fake Marriage by Kiui Tokina An ordinary girl, Yae, loses her home and job at age 29 and has nowhere to turn. But when she runs into a childhood friend, Takumi, he “proposes” she live with him in a high-rise condominium in the city, acting as his fake spouse … A tale of deceit … involving a handsome architect! Coming November 5! 

Print Announcement!

Special guest Hidemi Shiraki (editor for Young Magazine) revealed  The Witch and the Beast will be coming in print in 2020!

Ashaf and Guideau know one thing: “Wherever a witch goes, only curses and disasters follow.” But they have scores to settle, and they won’t hesitate to remove anyone in their way.

Artist Kousuke Satake makes a suave and explosive manga debut with a story of vengeance set in a stylish, art-deco urban wonderland that’s one part Fullmetal Alchemist and one part Cowboy Bebop.

Well, that’s it, for now!

September 23

The biggest pop-culture party in the Big Apple is happening October 3-6 at Javits Convention Center, and we here at Kodansha Comics will be there represent ourselves at the hometown show! 

Join us at our panel (see below) to celebrate 10 Years of Kodansha Comics! Participate in Q&A and maybe you’ll win some awesome prizes!

Plus we’ll have exciting news and announcements to share with you—to be updated on this page soon after. So stay tuned! 

10 Years of Manga from Kodansha Comics & Vertical Comics 

When? 1:30-2:30 p.m., October 4 (Friday)
Where? Room 1A24

The publisher of Sailor Moon, Attack on Titan, Akira, and many more celebrate our 10th year releasing manga in English, with new and upcoming Kodansha and Vertical releases, free samplers, prizes, and Q&A with the people behind all your favorites. Get insider info straight from Japan! 

See you there! 


Digital-first debuts for September/October: Fairy Tail and Cells at Work spinoffs!

What’s goin’ on here?! Happy starring in his own series at last? Lucy now a … policewoman?! Those industrious erythroblasts in your body … slacking off? And the Squad Leader of the Killer T Cells looking for a personality makeover?!

Not a dream! Not an alternate reality (well, maybe)! With the recent debuts of Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest and Cells at Work! Code Black, just last week, it does seem like there’s no better time to dive yet even deeper into some of your favorite fantasy-manga series! That’s right, for our digital-first debuts in September/October we’ve got a new Fairy Tail or Cells at Work spinoff series debuting EVERY WEEK starting September 17! Here’s the lineup!

Fairy Tail: Happy’s Heroic Adventure By Hiro Mashima and Kenshiro Sakamoto Happy of Fairy Tail was summoned to another world and became a hero! And its inhabitants aren’t human … They’re animals, with ears and tails to match! Guided by a mysterious talking heart, Happy soars through the skies of this new world, helping the friends he’s making along the way, like a cute bunny, an alluring fox, and even a dog that scares him! What is this place? And will Happy ever make it back home to Natsu and the rest of Fairy Tail?! A new adventure begins through uncharted territory, with Happy as the star and artwork by Kenshiro Sakamoto, creator of Pitch-Black TenOn sale September 17! Click on the cover to read Chapter 1 free!

Fairy Tail: City Hero by Hiro Mashima and Ushio Ando A spinoff from the Fairy Tail universe—with Lucy now on assignment as a police officer—and lots of your old friends appearing in an unexpected new setting! Starts September 24!

Cells NOT at Work! By Moe Sugimoto Here comes a new Cells at Work! spinoff series—with laughs galore! Erythroblasts are cells raised by a Macrophage in order to become promising Red Blood Cells, but that doesn’t seem to be really the case here with these erythroblasts, who are on an indefinite moratorium—with no reason to work! Starts October 1!

Cells at Work and Friends! By Kanna Kurono and Mio Izumi The smash-hit anthropomorphic cell fantasy’s latest spinoff features a fearsome Killer T Cell as its protagonist! Killer T Cells are the assassins who destroy virus-infected cells and other foreign contaminants to keep things peaceful inside the body. The Squad Leader of the Killer T Cells is feared by all … but he wants to change his public persona! He wants friends! But he can’t just say so! Solo karaoke, hot pot parties, and smartphones … Cells using modern gadgets in their daily lives unexpectedly result in one hilarious situation after another! Starts October 8!

We got more digital-first debut announcements comin’—stay tuned!

New shojo manga every week starting August 20! Read Chapter 1s FREE

UPDATED August 20—here’s the list of our new digital-first shojo manga debuting every week starting today!

Vampire Dormitory by Ema Toyama The new manga from shojo hit-machine Ema Toyama, creator of Missions of Love and Aoba-kun’s Confessions, about a poor girl whose encounter with a bishonen vampire leads her down a dark path … Starts August 20! Click on the cover to read Chapter 1 FREE

Atsumori-kun’s Bride-to-Be by Taamo (Japanese title: Atsumori-kun no oyomesan) A new country-girl/city-boy romance from Taamo, the hit creator of House of the Sun and I’m in Love and It’s the End of the World! Starts August 27! Click on the cover to read Chapter 1 FREE


Smile Down the Runway by Kotoba Inoya (Japanese title: Runway de waratteA charming new comedy about a high-school girl chasing down the dream of becoming a high-fashion model. Her ambitions literally hit a ceiling, though, when she stops growing—and her only chance might be to team up with a talented-but-overlooked designer classmate! Starts September 3!

Queen Bee By Shizuru Seino (Japanese title: Seishun otome bancho!) A new high-school romantic comedy about a potentially very mismatched odd couple—misunderstood and monstrous Hirata and popular Touma-kun! Starts September 10! 

More to come—stay tuned!

Our original July 23 post:

Just announced at our Anime Expo and San Diego Comic-Con panels! Here’s the rundown for our new digital-first manga debuts, with a new series kicking off EVERY WEEK starting July 23! We begin with a quartet of brand-new isekai (other worlds) series:

The Great Cleric By Broccoli Lion and Hiiro Akikaze (character designs by sime) The manga based on the hit light novel series (Japanese title: Seija musou), about an ordinary salaryman who cheats death and now must find his way in another world—as a great healer. On sale now! Click on the cover to read Chapter 1 free!

The Slime Diaries: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime By Shiba (based on story and character designs by Fuse and Mitz Vah) Gut-busting 4-panel gag comix based on the smash-hit isekai saga about that guy who got reincarnated as a slime! Starts July 30! Click on the cover to read Chapter 1 free!

Goodbye! I’m Being Reincarnated! By Kenji Saito and Parabora From Trinity Seven creator Kenji Saito comes a new manga series (Japanese title: Goodbye! Isekai tensei) about an ordinary high school guy’s big chance to become the one true great hero when one day he’s greeted by a princess from another world! Starts August 6! Click on the cover to read Chapter 1 free!

The Knight Cartoonist and Her Orc Editor By Indo So and Takafumi Sato Reverse otherworld-incarnation hijinx about an orc reborn in this world as … a manga editor! And the knight who becomes a … manga artist! If you’re looking for a unique insider look into the manga industry, this is it (maybe)! Starts August 13! Click on the cover to read Chapter 1 free!

Time for manga drama! All of MARS and You’re My Pet now out on comiXology Originals

The return of two all-time romance manga classics!

Ready for some … drama? ComiXology Originals and Kodansha Comics today revive a pair of all-time fan favorites: Fuyumi Soryo’s high-school psychodrama MARS, featuring even more twists and turns then you probably remember, and Yayoi Ogawa’s You’re My Pet (first released as Tramps Like Us, but now back with its original title), fondly remembered for its sharp portrayal of one of the most remarkable female protagonists in manga history.

As part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content, all 15 volumes of MARS and all 14 volumes of You’re My Pet feature new covers and are now available to read digitally at no additional cost for Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited members. They’re also available for download purchase on Kindle and comiXology. Today’s double debut builds on the success that comiXology Originals and Kodansha Comics have had with bringing back and completing formerly out-of-print manga classics like Harold Sakuishi’s BECK and Shuichi’s Shigeno’s Initial D.

MARS by Fuyumi Soryo (15 volumes)
Back in the day Fuyumi Soryo’s beautifully illustrated shojo manga turned some young comics readers heads inside-out with hysterical plots revolving around the traumatic secret histories of its seemingly poised protagonists. Art class was never quite like this …

Superpopular motorcycle racer Rei and shy, neurotic art student Kira are worlds apart … until one fateful day brings them together. Rei stumbles upon Kira in the harassing hands of her sleazy art teacher and saves the quiet girl from his clutches. And when the resident school pretty boy plants a kiss on a statue of Mars in the studio, Kira finds herself drawn in and even summons up the nerve to ask him to model for her! MARS was adapted in 2016 into a popular live-action TV series (and then into a film) in Japan.

About Fuyumi Soryo
After debuting as a manga artist in 1982, Fuyumi Soryo serialized her first series Onajigurai Ai (Same Amount of Love) in Bessatsu Shojo Comics (Shogakukan) in 1985. Her most renowned work include MARS and Boyfriend, which won the 33rd Annual Shogakukan Manga Award. In 2001, she serialized ES: Eternal Sabbath in Morning magazine (Kodansha.) Her current work, Cesare: The Creator of Destruction, is being serialized in Morning. To create a new interpretation of the Italian Renaissance hero Cesare Borgia, Soryo studied various historical records and artwork from the era and consulted with Italian Literature scholar Tomoaki Hara. The beautifully illustrated and historically accurate Italian cityscape of Cesare has been critically acclaimed by both historians and manga readers alike.

You’re My Pet by Yayoi Ogawa (14 volumes)
Far from a typical romance manga, You’re My Pet features one of the more memorable protagonists in manga history, putting an X-Ray to life as a single woman in the big city, with surprising nuance and edgy, sophisticated humor. Fans of Akiko Higashimura’s Tokyo Tarareba Girls will want to check out one of its great predecessors, which seems to have hardly dated at all.

Life was good for Sumire Iwaya … until the day she discovers her boyfriend is cheating on her. She gets demoted at work and her life spirals toward the dumps. Things take a turn for the better when she crosses paths with Momo, a handsome-but-homeless guy with a colorful past who puts a bounce in her step and a shake in her hips. It takes two to tango, but when Sumire’s first love reappears in her life, will this be the last waltz? You’re My Pet was adapted into a Japanese TV series in 2003 and then again in 2017.

About Yayoi Ogawa
Born December 1 in Kanagawa Prefecture, Yayoi Ogawa was nominated in 1994 for Kodansha’s mimi&Kiss Autumn Newcomer Manga Award. In December of the same year, she debuted as a manga artist with Sugao ni Kiss Shite (Kiss Me on My Bare Face) in Kodansha’s Kiss magazine. Her most renowned work is You’re My Pet, which sold 4 million copies in Japan and won the 27th Annual Kodansha Manga Award. It was also adapted into a live-action TV drama series in 2003 and again in 2017. Currently Ogawa is serializing two works simultaneously, Kiss & Never Cry in Kiss magazine and BAROQUE in Monthly Sirius magazine (both from Kodansha.)

About comiXology Originals
ComiXology Originals is comiXology’s exclusive comic book content line that is available across Amazon’s subscription services of Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited and are also available for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.

Digital-first Manga Sale, Part 1: Ao-chan Can’t Study! + 50 series up to 50% off!

A few years ago when we started releasing digital-first manga series—with the aim of offering an even more diverse and robust library of manga officially in English than what’s available in print—we didn’t quite imagine it’d go so well … or that we’d be up to over 100 digital-first series by now! And while some digital-firsts have since gone on to become available in print, there’s still a ton of great reads in our lineup that are only available digitally.

To help get you into those series, for the next two weeks, we’re hosting our two-fisted Digital-first Manga Sale, where all volumes of selected series are up to 50% off at our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, and nook. (Sale ends June 17.)

What are “digital-firsts”?

• First are the true “digital-firsts”—the ones that come out first digitally, then become available in print as well. Tokyo Tarareba Girls, The Quintessential Quintuplets,  Grand Blue Dreaming, and Boarding School Juliet all started out this way—and we’ve got several more exciting announcements to come in the months ahead!

If it’s not in print yet, tell us what you like! You can fill out this form to give us your feedback. The road to getting a book licensed in print can be a long and winding one, and we can’t always reply to requests directly, but we are listening—and we really do love and appreciate your opinions, no matter how crazy! 

• Then, for those of you who gotta stay exactly up to date, there’s our simulpubs, which are chapters from selected series published the same day they come out in Japan: you can read simulpubs on Crunchyroll and comiXology.

• Finally, digital-firsts allows us to bring back some of our favorite out-of-print titles—like BECK, Initial D, Rave MasterDragon Head, and Peach Girl—that might not otherwise be available!

Questions?—check out our Digital-first manga page to see what’s in store!

Digital-first Manga Sale, Part 1: A-K

For the first installment this week, we’re putting on sale all digital-first series with titles starting with the letters A-K. Check out the full list of series on sale, below. B-but what about series that start with L-Z? Yeah, you guessed it. Next week, series that start with L-Z go on sale! So stay tuned.

Kodansha Comics Digital-First Manga Sale
Part 1: A-K (June 11-17) 

Click on links below for free Chapter 1 previews!

Ace of the Diamond
A.I.C.O Incarnation
All Out!!
All-Rounder Meguru
Altair: A Record of Battles
Ao-Chan Can’t Study
Aoba-kun’s Confessions
Are You Lost?
As the God’s Will: The Second Series
Asahi-Sempai’s Favorite
Back Street Girls
Beauty Bunny

BECK — available only on comiXology and Kindle
Beware the Kamiki Brothers!
Black Panther and Sweet 16
BLAME Academy and So On
Blissful Land
Can I Kiss You Every Day?
Can You Just Die, My Darling?
Cage of Eden
Cosplay Animal
Crocodile Baron
Defying Kurosaki-kun
Dragon Head
Drifting Dragons
Drowning Love
Elegant Yokai Apartment Life
Fort of Apocalypse
Forest of Piano
Gakuen Prince
Giant Killing
Good Dog, Cerberus!
GTO Paradise Lost
Heaven’s Design Team

Hotaru’s Way
House of the Sun
Hozuki’s Coolheadedness
I Want to Hold Aono-kun So Badly I Could Die
I’m in Love and It’s the End of the
Initial D 
— available only on comiXology and Kindle

Intertwining Lives
Is Kichijoji the Only Place to Live?
Karate Heat
Keeping His Whims in Check
Key Ring Lock
Kounodori: Dr. Stork
Kira-kun Today
A Kiss, For Real
Kokkoku: Moment by Moment

 Stay tuned for next week’s Digital-first Sale, Part 2: L to Z!



Bootsleg: Free Chapter 1 of the new manga from the creator of Yozakura Quartet!

Read this new manga from Suzuhito Yasuda, creator of Yozakura Quartet, the same day it comes out in Japan! 

Here’s something cool. Suzuhito Yasuda, the wildly imaginative creator of fan-fave Yozakura Quartet, just launched a brand-new manga series in Japan called Bootsleg—today! And because we’re a swell bunch of people, we’re super-excited to give you a sneak peek of it on the same day it debuts in Japan — in English! So here it is, the full Chapter 1 for the very first time! Read on … 

Well, that was crazy and beautiful, wasn’t it?  Stay tuned for more Bootsleg updates on KodanshaComics.com! 

Hey! While we’re at it, you might want to check out Suzuhito Yasuda’s masterpiece Yozakura Quartet! So we’ve put Volume 1 on sale for ONLY $0.99  and additional volumes up to 50% off at our digital retail partners until until May 1!


Read the essay: “Hikaru Nakamura’s Saint Young Men Power”—Volume 1 on sale now

The most talked-about and highly anticipated manga of recent years, Hikaru Nakamura’s Saint Young Men—is finally here in English. Volume 1 goes on sale as a digital edition on April 23 at all of Kodansha Comics’s partner digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kobo, MyAnimeList, and nook.

Nakamura’s sly comedy documents the everyday life of two not-so-ordinary young men sharing an apartment in modern-day Tokyo: Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha. Published in 16 volumes (and still ongoing) under the Japanese title Seinto oniisan in Japan, Saint Young Men Volume 1 goes on sale April 23, with subsequent volumes to be released once a month thereafter. Click on the cover—or scroll below—to read a free preview!

Volume 1 also features a specially-penned afterword by British Museum curator Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere. “Who would have thought that Buddha would have a passion for manga? What Nakamura has managed to do with Saint Young Men is to entertain, stimulate and keep us addicted to this wonderful friendship that never fails to make you see life around you slightly differently as a result,” writes Rousmaniere, who helped acquire pages from Saint Young Men for the British Museum’s genga collection.

To celebrate the occasion of Saint Young Men‘s English-publication debut, we’re presenting the entirety of Rousmaniere’s afterword, right here:

Afterword: Hikaru Nakamura’s Saint Young Men Power

By Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere, IFAC Handa Curator of Japanese Arts, British Museum and Research Director of Sainsbury Institute, University of East Anglia

Perhaps it was Jesus and Buddha looking like tourists and wearing slogan T-shirts on the cover of the first volume of Hikaru Nakamura’s Saint Young Men that first compelled me to pick up the manga at Kyoto Station in 2008. But from that moment I was hooked. My love affair with this manga shows no sign of abating at Volume 16 and I can only rejoice that Nakamura sensei’s work is being translated into English and will become available to English-speaking audiences with this new Kodansha edition.

Shortly after purchasing the first volume in Japan we accessioned it into the British Museum Japan section library and then shortly afterward displayed it in the Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries in the manga section display (Room 94). Soon we were trending on Twitter, and happily in a very positive light.

Only Hikaru Nakamura could have created a manga that centers on the theme of Buddha and Jesus renting a flat together in Tachikawa, Tokyo. The premise is that they are taking a gap year on Earth in order to understand modern Japanese life. They attempt to hide their identities and share everyday adventures, resulting in often hilarious situations. The series started off as a short-run gag manga in 2006 in Kodansha’s magazine Morning 2 under the encouragement of chief editor Kôhei Furukawa, and is still going strong and gaining more and more followers with each tankôbon (graphic novel) release.

Hikaru Nakamura is a young and incredibly popular manga artist who specialises in comedy. She broke into the mainstream manga world with her work Arakawa Under the Bridge (started in 2005), which chronicles the adventures of a compelling tribe of homeless characters living under a bridge in Tokyo. Her work was formally recognised in 2009 when she was awarded the prestigious Tezuka Osamu prize for her short stories for Saint Young Men.

Such was the interest at the British Museum in manga in general and in Hikaru Nakamura’s work in particular, I was able to curate a compact Asahi Shimbun “Objects in Focus” display at the British Museum at the very front of the museum in 2015 titled Manga Now. We featured three generations of manga artists—Chiba Tetsuya (b. 1939), Hoshino Yukinobu (b. 1954) and Nakamura Hikaru (b. 1984)—and in a few months drew close to 100,000 visitors of all ages. Each artist had a bespoke work for the exhibition and we illustrated a representative story from each in translation. The designer wanted the exhibition to feel as if one was entering a manga itself and with the drawings on frames inside the space and not against the wall.

We reached out to Hikaru Nakamura sensei initially, as you may have guessed, on Twitter. Soon afterwards we were lucky to be able to meet her editor at Kodansha, Kôji Tabuchi, who then after a thorough interrogation as to our intentions introduced us to Nakamura sensei herself. I have to admit to being a bit star-struck after following her work for so long. Meeting her was also a revelation. She was refreshingly open in discussing her challenges and discoveries in creating a manga on such a potentially controversial theme. Nakamura sensei mentioned she was surprised by the positive reactions to her manga and that she received a number of letters from religious specialists, university professors, Buddhist priests and Christian clergy. The readership seems quite broad judging by the letters she noted, ranging from young adults to people in their sixties.

Happily she donated a story to the British Museum and chose episode 69, “The Loveable Rascal in a Red Suit,” when Jesus Christ experiences Christmas, his birthday, in Japan, where the immense popularity of Santa Claus takes him by surprise. To calm down, Jesus takes a walk and accidentally finds his way into a confessional booth in a Catholic church, and confesses to the priest his unexpected jealousy of Santa’s popularity. I will not give the rest of the story away, but believe me it will be worth the wait for the translation. Her donation of this story was our own Christmas present and became pivotal for the Museum’s nascent genga collection and most certainly paved the way for the large manga exhibition at the British Museum in the summer of 2019. When we were creating this display in 2015 Saint Young Men was not yet translated into English as we undertook the task ourselves. Until doing this I had no idea how challenging it would be to translate Nakamura sensei’s puns and word plays into English. She is a wordsmith keeping her references topical to contemporary interests. Even Jesus and Buddha’s T-shirt slogan messages are all carefully curated to give an added punch and smile to her readers.

Nakamura sensei also donated the cover artwork for Volume 10 where Buddha is learning how to draw manga, a newly found passion of his. It is early morning, they have stayed up all night and Buddha is still going strong but Jesus has fallen asleep, G-pen still in hand. Who would have thought that Buddha would have a passion for manga? What Nakamura has managed to do with Saint Young Men is to entertain, stimulate and keep us addicted to this wonderful friendship that never fails to make you see life around you slightly differently as a result.

Drift into this: Initial D Volumes 1-38 now on out on comiXology Originals

Relive the legend of how Tak Fujiwara went from tofu delivery boy to street-racing god

Yep, the rumors are true: Initial D is back—and it’s gone beyond! First published by Tokypop in the early 00s, the English translation was never completed. Now, not only are Kodansha Comics and our pals at comiXology Originals digitally reissuing all 33 volumes previously released by Tokyopop, we’re going beyond to complete the whole freakin’ 48-volume run for the very first time!

As of today Volumes 1-38 of Initial D, Shuichi’s Shigeno’s all-time classic of Japanese street racing, are available exclusively on Kindle and comiXology. Volumes 1-33 have been out of print for years, while Volumes 34-38 have never been translated into English before. Look for Volumes 39-48 later this year. 

Upon its release, Initial D perfectly captured the crazy world of Japanese street racing and went on to become a drifting global phenomenon: it spawned a legendary anime series, video games, and movies, not to mention an immortally beloved techno soundtrack! But it all starts here, with the Initial D manga:

Click on Volume 1, above, or just scroll down below for a free preview of all of Chapter 1!

Tak Fujiwara spends a lot of time behind the wheel. His tofu delivery job sends him racing down the treacherous roads of Mount Akina, and without even realizing it, Tak has mastered racing techniques that take most drivers a lifetime to learn. Of course, none of his friends realize this. They’re all too busy watching the Akina Speed Stars, the local street racing team. When the legendary Red Suns show up to challenge the Speed Stars, it looks as if the Trueno Eight Six that has been seen racing through the mountain roads will take them on. The question remains … who’s the driver of this phantom car?

About Shuichi Shigeno
Shuichi Shigeno is best-known for his long-running masterwork, Initial D, which ran from 1995 until 2013. He’s currently at work on the manga series MF Ghost, which is set in a near-future world of self-driving cars—and street racing.

Digital-first announcement: Hikaru Nakamura’s Saint Young Men debuts April 23

“Digital-first” debuts are back—and this April will see the debut of one of the most talked-about and highly anticipated manga of recent years, Hikaru Nakamura’s Saint Young Men. Nakamura’s sly comedy documents the everyday life of two not-so-ordinary young men sharing an apartment in modern-day Tokyo: Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha. Long rumored for an official English-language release, the wait is now over: Saint Young Men is finally here in English.

Click on the cover—or scroll below—to read a free preview!

Published in 16 volumes (and still ongoing) under the Japanese title Seinto oniisan in Japan, Saint Young Men goes on sale April 23, starting with Volume 1, and with subsequent volumes to be released monthly thereafter. Saint Young Men will be available on all of Kodansha Comics’s partner digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kobo, MyAnimeList, and nook.

Volume 1 also features a specially-penned afterword by British Museum curator Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere. “Who would have thought that Buddha would have a passion for manga? What Nakamura has managed to do with Saint Young Men is to entertain, stimulate and keep us addicted to this wonderful friendship that never fails to make you see life around you slightly differently as a result,” writes Rousmaniere, who helped acquire pages from Saint Young Men for the British Museum’s nascent genga collection.


For an advance review copy of Saint Young Men, visit the Kodansha Comics page at NetGalley or contact pr@kodanshacomics.com.

Download a press kit containing supporting artwork here.


Announcing: March 2019 digital-first debuts (and two for April)!

“Digital-first” debuts are back! And with spring in the air (not that far off!), we’ve more romance-oriented goodness, including a new lower-priced format for those of ya looking for walks on josei‘s wilder side …

Our “digital-firsts” have gotten the jump on everything from the new-and-improved translation of Battle Angel Alita to new volumes of never-finished classics like BECK to the first appearance of current hits like Tokyo Tarareba Girls and Grand Blue Dreaming. The success of our digital-firsts program has allowed us to continue building a rapidly expanding English-language manga library based on diversity of content, regular and quick releases, and commitment to completing series—and with our 2019 debuts, each series will see one new volume published per month, until the series is completed or we catch up to the latest Japanese release.  

Digital debuts are available on all of Kodansha Comics’s partner digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kobo, MyAnimeList, and nook. Detailed descriptions and release schedule below!

Love Massage: Melting Beauty Treatment by Toki Sunazuka (release date March 12) Shiho’s job is going fine, but she has no lover or friends to hang out with. In the middle of all this, she’s been calling for in-home massages as a means to fill the void, when one day she meets a handsome masseur named Toudou. With his delicate touch, he makes her body and mind melt. However, the very next day he shows up at her company … ? Here’s a saucy story of a single office worker and one handsome masseur who fall in love! Published in Japan in 4 volumes (still ongoing) under the Japanese title Rabu momi! Torukeru esute. English volumes will be released monthly until caught up to Japan. Each volume of this series comes as a 130~160-page digital edition, priced at the special suggested retail price of $6.99 per volume. Read a free preview by clicking on cover (above).

Ran the Peerless Beauty by Ammitsu (release date March 19) Ran is beautiful and stylish, with leading scores in her class. No boy on Earth would have the gall to try their hand with her, and no one would think that she’s so entirely innocent… except Akira. Join us in this innocent love story about Rin the “mountaintop flower” and Akira, whose parents own a flowershop. This pure love blooms in Volume 1 of Ran the Peerless Beauty! Published in Japan in 5 volumes (ongoing) under the Japanese title Takane no Ran-san. English volumes will be released monthly until caught up to Japan. Read all of Chapter 1 for free by clicking on cover (above).


Asahi-sempai’s Favorite by Iroha Machino (release date March 26) High schooler Matsuri has an unexpected encounter with her brother’s friend, Asahi-sempai, who also happens to be a popular boy at her school. From then on, Asahi-sempai makes passes at her at school or even at her own house! Wherever Matsuri might be, there’s just no escaping him … Every day with the somewhat perverse Asahi-sempai is an unbelievably stimulating experience for Matsuri, and she can’t help but be flustered!! This is the long-awaited first volume of an intimate love story, featuring a sweet and playful sempai! Published in Japan in 4 volumes (ongoing) under the Japanese title Asahi-sempai no okiniiri. English volumes will be released monthly until caught up to Japan. Read all of Chapter 1 for free by clicking on cover (above).

More for March: print debuts!
That’s not all! On March 19, as previously announced, we’ve got a couple more debuts—both Gleipnir and Love in Focus will be available in both print and digital editions!

Gleipnir by Sun Takeda (release date March 19) A dark and sexy body-horror action manga perfect for fans of Prison School and High School of the Dead! Shuichi Kagaya is an ordinary high school kid in a boring little town. But when a beautiful classmate is caught in a warehouse fire, he discovers a mysterious power: he can transform into a furry dog with an oversized revolver and a zipper down his back. He saves the girl’s life, sharing his secret with her. But she’s searching for the sister who killed her family, and she doesn’t care how degrading it gets: she will use Shuichi to accomplish her mission … Read a free preview by clicking on cover (above).

Love in Focus by Yoko Nogiri (release date March 19) From the creator of New York Times bestselling manga That Wolf-Boy Is Mine! comes a feel-good romance about a teenage girl whose passion for photography leads her to a new school, a new dorm, and a new love triangle! Mako’s always had a passion for photography. When she loses someone dear to her, she clings to her art as a relic of the close relationship she once had … Luckily, her childhood best friend Kei encourages her to come to his high school and join their prestigious photo club. With nothing to lose, Mako grabs her camera and moves into the dorm where Kei and his classmates live. Soon, a fresh take on life, along with a mysterious new muse, begin to come into focus! Read all of Chapter 1 for free by clicking on cover (above).

Coming in April!
… and here’s a sneak peek at what we’ve got debuting in April!

Momo’s Iron Will by Lalako Kojima (release date April 2) The pure and upstanding Momo Inuwashi absolutely adores her brothers, even to a fault! She’s created a castle to protect them and would die to defend it. But … Tamaki Yugenji has found a crack in the walls! Can he throw these siblings’ lives into chaos and expose the terrible secret Momo is hiding even from her brothers? Find out how this four-way romantic mess pans out in the new series, Momo’s Iron Will! Published in Japan in 2 volumes (ongoing) under the Japanese title Inuwashi momo wa yuruganai. English volumes will be released monthly until caught up to Japan.

My Pink Is Overflowing by Yuki Monou (release date April 9) Himari’s a waitress with terrible luck with men, always getting compared to other women and cast aside by those she falls in love with. Thanks to a weakness for men in white dress shirts, though, she can’t help but be attracted to her handsome manager. However, sick of being heartbroken, she vows instead to only date inexperienced men so she won’t be compared to other women. She goes to a mixer and gets acquainted with someone she thinks could be the one, but it turns out he’s only got one thing on his mind … Then she has an unexpected encounter with her manager on the street, and the two of them end up at a love hotel, where she discovers … Published in Japan in 2 volumes (ongoing) under the Japanese title Atashi no pink ga afurechau. English volumes will be released monthly until caught up to Japan. Each volume of this series comes as a 130~160-page digital edition, priced at the special suggested retail price of $6.99 per volume.